"Microgrids" presented by Gary Fechter and Philip Gonski

December 13, 2018
7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
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The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia , PA 19102


Registration and Breakfast: 7:00 to 7:50


Buffet style breakfast includes:

  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Assorted Breakfast Meats
  • Potatos
  • Bagels, Muffins, etc.
  • Fruit
  • Juices, Coffee and Tea


Presentation: 7:50 to 8:45

The past few years have brought a dramatic shift in how energy is both utilized and distributed.  With power outages negatively impacting critical commercial and industrial customers bottom line, microgrids have become a key solution.  These resilient, on-site, energy production facilities offer both energy security, additional revenue streams, and a means for customers to develop clean energy solutions. Thermal recovery with heating and cooling applications will be discussed. The presentation will cite concrete examples of how microgrids helped solve a critical need, as well as the drivers for what leads to project development.   Real world examples will include the Philadelphia Navy Yard, New Jersey Transit, New York Prize, and New Jersey Town Center programs.



Philip Gonski, Project Manager at Burns Engineering, PGonski@burns-group.com

Philip M Gonski, P.E has been active in both the volunteer and professional community in the Philadelphia Area. After graduating from the University of Illinois – Urbana, Philip started his career at Sargent & Lundy, LLC, designing new power plants. Among his notable projects were the design of the country’s largest biodiesel power plant on the island of Oahu, and later in the design of one of the largest combined cycle power plants in the world in Saudi Arabia.   While working at S&L, Philip took courses in Energy and Power Engineering in the evenings and earned a Master’s Degree from University of Illinois-Chicago. Philip is currently a Project Manager at Burns Engineering in downtown Philadelphia serving industrial and energy clients, with a focus on  advanced microgrids. His projects include various Grid Modernization at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, including a 10 MW Substation, 8 MW Natural Gas Plant, and a Battery Energy Storage System presently being finalized.  Additionally, Philip is involved in microgrid feasibility and design projects across the United States. Aside from his professional involvement, Philip is a past Chair of the Philadelphia IEEE Section, Current IEEE Region 2 East Area Director, and will be the IEEE Region 2 Treasurer in 2019. Philip has also been involved in the technical development of IEEE standards focused around microgrids and distributed energy.

Gary Fechter, General Manager, Performance Solutions & Engineering Services at UGI Performance Solutions, gfechter@ugihvac.com

Mr. Fechter leads the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Design and Implementation team for UGI HVAC. His team is currently working on multiple CHP projects. Mr. Fechter has more than 35 years of experience in energy, engineering, and project management. He is a Certified Energy Manager, LEED Accredited Professional Operations and Maintenance, and Certified Demand Side Management Professional. He has managed energy professionals, and has designed, implemented and operated energy projects that combined sustainable practices, clean on-site generation systems, and advanced efficiency technologies to help customers achieve their energy, economic, and environmental goals. These projects included cogeneration and combined heat and power systems (conventionally, biomass and biogas fueled), district energy and community energy systems, solar (photovoltaic) electric generation, solar thermal, and facility optimization. Prior to joining UGI HVAC, Mr. Fechter served as a Principal in Enerval Advisors, Vice President of Technical Development and Alternative Energy at Lime Energy Company, President and CEO of Princeton Energy Systems and was a Senior Executive with Trigen Energy Corporation. He also served with the US Army in various roles including Associate Professor of Physics at the US Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Fechter has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


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